In 2004, NASA’ mission WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) detected a supermassive void (largest structure ever observed in the universe) — a cold area of the sky that stretched on the map of radiation left over from the Big Bang — a strange feature named by astronomers the Cold Spot.
For several years, astronomers have tried to develop the computer-simulated models of the Universe; but without the desired success. The galaxies formed in computer simulations were typically extremely massive, sometimes too small or too old. The computers would generate galaxies of very spherical shape; which haven’t been observed.
From clouds dancing across the Milky Way to a stunning solar eclipse over Kenya, the annual competition showcasing the mysterious depths of our universe has revealed some incredible images. West Midlands-based photographer James Woodend beat over a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the world to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014.
The new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation has said that it is only a matter of time before alien life forms are discovered, which will pave the way to questions about God’s relationship to intelligent beings outside our planet.
An international team of astronomers has made a measurement of a distant neutron star that is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best.